Alison Weir is the president of the Council for the National Interest, a former journalist and the founder of If Americans Knew, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the Israel-Palestine conflict, specializing in statistical analysis. Weir writes and speaks widely about Israel-Palestine, with particular focus on media coverage. Her articles on the subject have been published in anthologies both in the U.S. and abroad and in diverse online and print publications.
Ms. Weir has given talks at numerous universities, including Harvard Law School, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Yale, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Naval Postgraduate Institute; four times at the Asia Media Summit in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, and has twice given briefings on Capitol Hill.
Former U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell (R-CA) said of her presentation: “Ms. Weir presents a powerful, well documented view of the Middle East today. She is intelligent, careful, and critical. American policy makers would benefit greatly from hearing her first-hand observations and attempting to answer the questions she poses.”
The New York Times reported of her lecture in Greenwich, Connecticut: “When the speech ended, Ms. Weir was met with thunderous applause, and across the room there was a widespread sense of satisfaction that someone was saying what needed to be said.”
In 2004 she was inducted into honorary membership of Phi Alpha Literary Society, founded in 1845 at Illinois College. The award cited her as a: “Courageous journalist-lecturer on behalf of human rights. The first woman to receive an honorary membership in Phi Alpha history.”
Website URL: http://www.alisonweir.org
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli prison guards humiliated a female detainee from the Gaza Strip who underwent hand surgery, the PA Ministry of Detainees' Affairs reported Saturday.
Prison guards tried to cuff Wafa Samir Al-Lubs, 26, to her hospital bed by her hands and legs, the ministry said in a statement.
Al-Lubs' lawyer protested, and the guards eventually agreed only to cuff her right hand and leg after the surgery.
Her lawyer said the guards verbally insulted her during a three-day stay in hospital and repeatedly refused to allow her to see a doctor post-operation.
Ha'aretz – An Israel Defense Forces investigation into the terrorist attacks on Israel's south on August 18, has revealed that Golani Brigade soldier, Staff Sgt. Moshe Naftali, who died in the attack, was killed by friendly fire.
The Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades said in a statement that it rejected "any truce with the occupation" and would not abandon resistance. [Hamas and other major resistance groups declared a truce with Israel at noon on Friday.]
The kidnapped residents were identified as Mohammad Ahmad Souqiyya, 38, and Mahdi Hussein Hefawiyya, 34.
The undercover forces were driving a black Hyundai, carrying Palestinian license plates.
The soldiers fired a number of live rounds at the vehicle before intercepting it and kidnapping the two taking them to an unknown destination.
It is worth mentioning that Souqiyya has been on Israel’s “wanted list” for his political activities since 2005, while Hefawiyya was repeatedly imprisoned by Israel, and worked for the former Minister of Detainees, Wasfi Qabha.
[File photo, Alison Weir]
Eyewitnesses reported that the soldiers fired gas bombs, concussion grenades, rubber-coated bullets and rounds of live ammunition at the protesters, leading to the injury of several protesters while a number of reporters, including reporters of Al Jazeera, suffocated after inhaling gas fired by the army.
Journalist Allawi was arrested during his attempt to travel across the Allenby Bridge on his way to Jordan after a family visit to the village of Sebastia, Nablus (West Bank), and then was transferred to the interrogation centre Jalama within the city of Haifa before extending his detention for four days pending investigation and yet there isn’t any news of his release.
UFree holds the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the life of the journalist Allawi as he presently held in detention by Israeli security forces, while according to the testimonies of prisoners being subjected to severe torture during interrogation.
UFree calls on all human rights activists to join our campaign to release the journalist Allawi and to stop the Israeli violations in freedom of expression and right of movement to Palestinians.
Mohammad Breijy, media spokesperson of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Al Ma’sara, stated that the soldiers violently attacked the protesters with batons and rifles hitting them to several parts of their bodies.
National Summit to Reassess the US-Israel "Special Relationship"
The public is invited to a nonpartisan symposium Nov. 8-9 that will examine the impact of the US-Israel relationship on Americans. Panels will include top military, diplomatic, intelligence, academic, governmental, and economic experts, as well as former Congressional representatives. Read more